Chris is helping KK with chemistry and geometry homework out at the kitchen table. She is exhausted at the end of tech week for her current dance show, a send up of The Nut Cracker. Tomorrow night about this time she will be high off the first performance and the fatigue won't matter. I respect the way she works to keep up as both a performer and a studentRuth is grading in the livingroom with the TV on, happy to be at the end of a long haul of a teaching semester. Liam, who was not a school boy yet when this semester started, is happily snuggled in his bed probably dreaming of science Friday tomorrow. I'm hoping the phone will ring any minute and Bob will report himself safel ensconced in a motel somewhere on his way home from his invitational meeting at the White House. Back in September i never would have expected that the volunteer campaign work he was doing would get him a working invitation to the White House. I've worked hard on the house. especially our room, while he was gone and am feeling like it is much more comfortable and livable than it has been and that some of the organizaational decisions I've made will let it stay that way. I feel happy, and especially happy because of my living situation. I am so well supported and loved on and that feels so good. Ruth helped me deliver three boxes of teaching resources Bob no longer needs to a school librarian friend who knows how to find people who will use them. Chris cooked delicious indian style chicken and vegetables for dinner and I didn't even have to think about what I was going to eat. That is purest luxury for me. KK gets math and science tutoring from Bob or Chris and I don't have to stretch in directions that I'd rather not at this point. Ruth bought her a "nutcracker" scented candle in honor of her upcoming performance and delivered it, with chocolate, at a moment when KK was feeling tired and overwhelmed. I grew up as an only child, loved, but without the rich tapestry of interwoven lives under one roof that a larger family provides. I didn't know what I was missing then. I sure appreciate it now.